Our Guide to Home Aids
If you have any sort of mobility issue, home aids can be an essential part of your day to day life. They can provide assistance getting in and out of the shower, or give you a helping hand to elevate yourself onto the toilet.
In this guide, we’ll take you through the benefits that home aids provide, show you what types of home aids are available, and answer some common questions about what it is you may be looking for.
Our aim is to make sure you come away knowing what it is you need and to make the buying process a whole lot easier for you.
What are home aids?
Home aids are there to assist you with everyday tasks in the comfort of your own home. When tasks, like using the bathroom or getting out of bed, become difficult, home aids can offer you some welcome comfort and stability.
7 types of home aids:
There is a wide variety of home aids available for you to choose from, let’s take a look at some of the home aids on offer:
Bath Lifts and Steps: Bath lifts and bath steps offer you assistance getting in and out of the bath, making the process safe and easy. They’ve been designed to make your bathtime experience as comfortable and seamless as possible.
Bed Rails: Bed rails are sometimes referred to as bed guards and are one of the most cost-effective ways to regain confidence when getting in and out of bed. They provide safety and something to hold when lifting yourself in or out of bed. They fit a majority of beds and can be used on either side.
Commodes: Commodes are essentially toilet aids for the disabled or elderly. They are lightweight and portable and allow discreet and comfortable use of the toilet. Some models have wheels to make moving around the house simple.
Leg Rests: Leg rests have been designed to elevate your foot or leg when seated. They’re adjustable and offer extra support when you’re in a seated position.
Pedal Exercisers: Pedal exercisers are a great way for you to keep active if you have limited mobility. They can be used in your home from the comfort of your chair and are a great way to improve circulation and strengthen your muscles.
Stairlifts: Stairlifts either come as curved or straight to fit any staircase. They assist in getting up and down stairs, giving you back some independence.
Toilet Frames: Toilet frames have a similar use to bed frames, except they aid you with getting on and off the toilet. They provide you with a sturdy support frame to make using the bathroom dignified and comfortable.
These are just some of the options available to you. Each home aid has different benefits for each user. Whether you need a leg rest to take the strain off your joints or a step to lift yourself into the bath, there is something for you.
How can home aids benefit you?
Home aids provide several different benefits, including relief from aches and pains when attempting everyday tasks. Sometimes, something as simple as getting in and out of the shower can be a painful experience. Having an aid there to assist you can give you back your independence and make it a simple task again.
Bed rails can provide you with that extra confidence when getting in and out of bed. Bath steps and shower stools can make that time of day a far more dignified experience for you or your loved one.
Not only are they incredibly useful, they’re also very cost effective. There are options available to suit all kinds of budgets.
What do you need to consider before buying your home aid?
Like any purchase you make, there are several factors you need to take into account. Home aids are no different. Here are some things worth considering:
What task(s) do you need help with?
Do you need to move it around the house?
Will you need to lift it?
Do you have somewhere to store it when not in use?
Are the surfaces in your home suitable?
Are you able to set up and dismantle the products you’re looking at?
What is your budget?
Once you’ve taken these points into account, then you should be more than ready to find what you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there heavy-duty home aids available?
We stock a range of high-quality bariatric home aids, but please be sure to check the product features and specifications for specific guidance on maximum weights. If you’re unsure, just ask.
What’s the difference between a bath lift and bath steps?
Bath lifts and bath steps both have different ways of aiding you, but they can both work hand-in-hand.
Bath steps help you step into the bath, giving you a raised platform to step onto when entering and exiting. Bath lifts are placed in your bathtub and work electronically, lowering and raising you using a handheld controller for a more comfortable bathing experience.
How do you choose the right home aid?
Choosing the right home aid comes down to your specific needs. If you need more help in choosing then seek advice from a medical professional or use our live chat below and we’ll do our best to help you.
What alternative to leg rests are there?
Leg rests are great if you’re looking for a cheap and cost-effective solution to rest your legs when seated. If you have a bit more to spend then it’s worth taking a look at recliner chairs. They provide you with both leg and back support for a more luxurious comfort option.
What support do bed rails provide?
Bed rails provide you with additional safety and confidence when you’re rising in and out of bed. Sometimes nerves can get the better of you when you’re getting in and out of bed, but bed rails provide you with something to lean on and that peace of mind you’re looking for.
Where can I buy home aids?
Here at Fenetic Wellbeing, we stock a wide range of home aids that are suitable for a range of needs. If you have any further questions then feel free to contact us via our live chat below and one of our experts will be more than happy to assist you.